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The magical FIPA: attracting Chinese investment without any environmental impact!

From: Sold Down the Yangtze


It is especially telling that the government, in its environmental

assessment of the China FIPA, discounted entirely the possibility

of environmental impacts of new Chinese investment in

Canada. This discounting was premised on the government’s

assumption that there was not enough proof of a causal relationship

between the FIPA and any new Chinese investment.



Gus Van Harten

As an expert in investment deals and international law, GUS VAN HARTEN is uniquely qualified to explain what the Canada-China agreement means for Canada. He is currently a professor at Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto, working previously as a tenured faculty member in the Department of Law at the London School of Economics in the United Kingdom. He has written over twenty academic studies on investment treaties, and has provided commentary to governments, international organizations, and media such as Bloomberg, the CBC, The Globe and Mail, the Guardian, and the Toronto Star. He lives in Burlington, Ontario.